How To Display The Old Control Panel System Info Window

Since the October 2020 update (20H2) on Windows 10, Microsoft removed the old style System window that displayed a summary of system information, Windows version, as well as shortcuts to Device Manager & System Protection.

Of course, the new version of this window displays all of the same information. The settings window is called “About”. However some people like familiarity and prefer the old look and feel of this window.

Old Windows 10 System Info window.
The old System Info window.
Windows 10 About
The new style of the System Information called “About”.

There is a direct method of pasting the following code into the Run dialog. But that’s not very handy to do every time.

explorer.exe shell:::{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}

Instead we are going to create a desktop shortcut which can be double clicked at any time to display the old style System Information window.

Instructions to Create Shortcut to Display Old System Info window.

Make A Shortcut To Display Windows 10 System Info (Old Layout)

  1. Create a new Desktop shortcut.

    Right-click on a blank space on your Desktop. Select “New” / “Shortcut”.Create New Shortcut

  2. Paste the following code into the field that says “Type the location of the item”.

    explorer.exe shell:::{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}
    New Shortcut Windows 10

  3. Name The Shortcut

    Simply type in something like… “System” and click Finish.W10 new shortcut

  4. Locate & Use Your New Shortcut

    A new shortcut will now appear on your Desktop. That’s it. W10 Desktop Icon

That’s it. You now have a desktop shortcut that you can use to open this window.

You could even Right-Click the icon and select “Pin To Start” if you want to display this as a Start Menu tile.

Note: Future releases of Windows 10 may remove this shell at some point. But in the meantime that’ll work.

Tip: The keyboard shortcut to open the “About” System Info window is Windows Key & Pause/Break